Variety line-up for Rough Beats

Gruff Rhys
Gruff Rhys

AN emerging New York rapper, a psychedelic Welsh “wizard” and a set of heavy rockers from Yorkshire headline this years Rough Beats Festival in Clapham.

Azealia Banks, Super Furry Animals frontman Gruff Rhys and Pulled Apart By Horses will be joined by a myriad of other exciting acts and musicians, on top of cinema, theatre, comedy and DJs over three days between June 8 and June 10.

Harlem-born Azealia Banks’ new single has had more than four million hits on YouTube, and she has sold out her 2012 UK tour already.

Renowned for her somewhat feisty lyrics, there won’t be many opportunities to witness a 20-year-old New York rapper strut her stuff on stage in a field in North Yorkshire.

Gruff Rhys has recently completed his third solo album, Hotel Shampoo, but is probably most recognised as the off the wall frontman of the Super Furry Animals, whose hits include God Show Me Magic, Something For the Weekend and Juxtaposed With U.

See the Lancaster Guardian (23-02-12) for full story